Even More This & That

DemConvention.com: The first two days of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Tuesday, September 4 and Wednesday, September 5, will be held at Time Warner Cable Arena. President Obama and Vice President Biden will accept the Democratic nominations for President and Vice President on Thursday, September 6 at Bank of America Stadium. Sign up now for your chance to attend this event. The convention committee will unveil additional convention program details and speakers in the coming days.


Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin * Congressman Xavier Becerra of California * Newark Mayor Cory Booker * Congressman G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina * Former President Jimmy Carter (via video) * San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro * Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee * Congresswoman Judy Chu of California * Congressman Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri * Former President Bill Clinton * Congressman James Clyburn of South Carolina * Former Republican Governor of Florida Charlie Crist * Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina Walter Dalton * The Honorable Arne Duncan * Congresswoman Diana DeGette of Colorado * Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth * U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois * Congresswoman Donna Edwards of Maryland * Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel * Georgetown Law School Graduate Sandra Fluke * Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx * Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts * Former Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt * Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm * Congressman Charlie Gonzalez of Texas * U.S. Senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina * California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris * Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper * Congressman Steny Hoyer of Maryland * Former Governor of North Carolina Jim Hunt * DCCC Chairman Congressman Steve Israel of New York * Montana State Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau * Former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine * Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy (ret.) * Congressman John Larson of Connecticut * Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California * Congressman John Lewis of Georgia * CarMax co-founder and former CEO Austin Ligon * President of NARAL Pro-Choice America Nancy Keenan * Caroline Kennedy * U.S. Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts * Women’s rights activist Lilly Ledbetter * Obama Campaign Co-Chair Eva Longoria * Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy * Delaware Governor Jack Markell * Boston Mayor Tom Menino * The Honorable Karen Mills * U.S. Senator Patty Murray of Washington * Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter * U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland * Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley * Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick * House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi * House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will also lead a presentation of the women of the House: Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney of New York, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez of New York, Congresswoman Gwen Moore of Wisconsin, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania, Congresswoman Donna Edwards of Maryland, Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives Joyce Beatty of Ohio, Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii * California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez * Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado * Congressman David Price of North Carolina * Illinois Governor Pat Quinn * Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada * President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund Cecile Richards * Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak * The Honorable Ken Salazar * Journalist Cristina Saralegui * U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York * Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer * The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius * Costco co-founder and former CEO Jim Sinegal * Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland * Congressman Chris Van Hollen * Los Angeles Mayor, Democratic Convention Chair Antonio Villaraigosa * The Honorable Tom Vilsack * Senate candidate from Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren * DNC Chair Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida * Congressman Mel Watt of North Carolina




Gail Collins (NYT): Only the Good Get Rich …. The convention was so full of opportunities to catch a glimpse of celebrities like John Sununu and Rudy Giuliani that I didn’t get around to the platform until the flight back from Tampa. But it was so worth the wait. Really, I could hardly take my eyes away from it long enough to watch the flight attendant demonstrate how to use a seat buckle.

As you’d expect, there were paeans to things Republicans like (phonics, Israel, coal, English, defense spending, transparency for everything except political donations) and denunciations of the stuff they hate (Obamacare, mass transit, the Law of the Sea Treaty, Venezuela, teachers’ unions, Obamacare). But you may be interested to know that the proven methods of improving school performance are high standards, accountability and “renewed focus on the Constitution and the writings of the Founding Fathers.”

Some of the recommendations are stunning. Besides the inevitable tribute to the Second Amendment, the platform goes to the trouble of specifically mentioning that Republicans are against limiting the sale of those extra-bullet magazines for guns that maximized the victim count in the mass shootings in Tucson, Colorado and Wisconsin.

Please, keep that in mind. Wherever there’s a gun capable of spraying 100 bullets, there’s a Republican platform behind it.

Read the full article here


Tim Dickinson (Rolling Stone): Mitt Romney is lying again.

On the eve of his speech at the Republican convention, Romney and his campaign have launched a new site touting Mitt’s private-sector experience: SterlingBusinessCareer.com.

Under a section called “Fixing Businesses,” the campaign lays out the legend of Romney’s 1990 return to the consulting firm Bain & Company, describing his turnaround effort there as an “incredible success” that returned the firm to profitability “in just a year.”

That is a lie.

Federal records obtained by Rolling Stone through a Freedom of Information Act request reveal that Bain & Company lost money in both 1991 and 1992 — with Romney at the helm.

Full article here


Rolling Stone



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167 Responses to “Even More This & That”

  1. August 31, 2012 at 10:48 pm

  2. 4 utaustinliberal
    August 31, 2012 at 10:49 pm


  3. August 31, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Hi Chips,

    Thank you for another great thread!!! The video displays a message that it is ‘private’ and won’t play, btw.


  4. August 31, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Bringing this over from the end of the last thread…….

    Performance schedule for the DNC released!

    The schedule of performances at the 2012 Democratic National Convention:

    Thursday, September 6 (Bank of America Stadium)
    Foo Fighters
    Mary J. Blige
    Earth, Wind and Fire
    James Taylor
    Delta Rae
    Inspire the Fire
    Marc Anthony (national anthem)

    Wednesday, September 5 (Time Warner Cable Arena)
    DJ Cassidy
    Jessica Sanchez
    Branford Marsalis (national anthem)

    Tuesday, September 4 (Time Warner Cable Arena)
    DJ Cassidy
    Amber Riley (national anthem)


    • 20 Dudette
      August 31, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      Loving this lineup! Inspire the Fire is a young choral group (ala “Glee”) from Charlotte. They were on America’s Got Talent.

  5. August 31, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    It’s a fabulous night in L.A. So, a little Van Morrison.

  6. August 31, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Ok, this is officially lame. I was giving a vigorous shake to my cocktail, and I think I sprained my forearm. Ow.

  7. 42 anniebella
    August 31, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    What night do our wonderful First Lady speak?

  8. 43 anniebella
    August 31, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    The Democrats will show you how it suppose to be done. They won’t have to get up there and lie like the Republicans did.

  9. 44 isonprize
    August 31, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    oh, we are in a chill mode? Okay, here ya go… RIP Phoebe Snow (who was mother to a daughter who was autistic – way before the current awareness)

    Poetry Man – Phoebe Snow

  10. August 31, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Ok, I think I’m in love with the female backup singer in Mika’s band.

  11. 47 lamh35
    August 31, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Do yourselves a favor and watch the repeat of The Daily Show. Tonight’s show was new and Jon talked about Clint Eastwood. It was pretty funny. I can just imagine how Colbert will do.

    • 48 dotster3
      August 31, 2012 at 11:50 pm

      Nuts! I didn’t realize they were on tonight——since they never are on Fridays. Boo me.

      • 49 0388jojothecat
        August 31, 2012 at 11:59 pm

        You can go on the web and watch tomorrow. I was wondering if he would pass up the Clint Eastwood fiasco. So going to watch tonight.

    • 50 anniebella
      August 31, 2012 at 11:51 pm

      Did you see Jay Leno with his bit on Eastwood. What an embarrassment Eastwood was.

  12. 51 jeff
    August 31, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    lol Mitt the Twit called America a company!

    Anyway I’m unsure if I’ll be able to see the DNC exactly when it airs because I have to work on the 4th and 5th this week and it’s going to be some work (ten hours or so). Anyway I will watch it after I get off work.

    • 52 COS
      August 31, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      If the Dems really wanted to they could really make something out of this. This is a whole lot worse than the “built that” statement taken out of context.

  13. 53 Dudette
    August 31, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    In honor of my upcoming pilgramage and my deep-passionate love for my fellow Tarheel…

    • 54 isonprize
      August 31, 2012 at 11:50 pm

      Hey Dudette, rumor was that James was the “poetry man” If it’s true, it does make all kinds of sense. but you didn’t hear it from me…

  14. 55 amk for obama
    August 31, 2012 at 11:20 pm

  15. 56 dotster3
    August 31, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Watching Bill Maher and what is the deal with this Dinesh D’Souza? He has some new completely crazy and false Obama documentary and has created some horrible Obama in his mind who does not exist—–completely disillusioned, imagining evil Obama traits with absolutely zero evidence——-just made up out of the blue. And he’s trying to sell this sack of lies? What is with these people? Shouldn’t they be in mental hospitals getting needed treatment? They’re lost in space. lying to themselves and anyone else who will listen. Their brains are not functioning in any kind of normal way. Absolute craziness.

  16. 58 lamh35
    August 31, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Jon Stewart’s initial segment was golden. The best I”ve seen from him all season, but you can bet he’ll be back to his usual. STill watch tonight’s segment.

  17. 59 isonprize
    August 31, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    This may be a repost, but enjoy. Make sure to choose the full screen view and have your speakers on. Modern photography at its finest!!

    August 28, 2008 – Panoramic View of Barack Obama’s Speech at Invesco Field in Denver (with short audio clip)


  18. August 31, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Earlier today I posted …

    The follow-up …

  19. 67 COS
    August 31, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Hey Meta if you are here I just donated to your FR page. I have donated to the campaign at least 4 times this week. Those lying repugs will make one want to donate their last penny. 🙂

    • September 1, 2012 at 12:08 am

      Oh, thanks so much, COS! Lost of donations coming in for POTUS today. I think his emails are having an effect in addition to the slime in Tampa. Thank you!

  20. August 31, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Yesterday my manager wondered how any woman or minority could vote for Mittens. My response? They hope to be the kapos when the New Order comes to pass.

  21. 71 Dudette
    August 31, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Can’t go wrong with EWF!!!
    President Barack Obama invited Earth, Wind & Fire to perform at the White House for the first social event of the new administration.[

  22. 72 sherijr
    August 31, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Wow! Thats a heck of a lineup.. can’t wait, should be so enjoyable. Smart people giving facts without the hate.

  23. August 31, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Are we READY, Democrats? Are we ready to rock NC and show the country how to have a real national convention where people speak the truth? Where everyone honors the great diversity of our country? Where our achievements are shared?

    I say, YESSSSSS!!

  24. 88 0388jojothecat
    August 31, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    I made my donations just under the wire to make the midnight deadline. I donated more than I ever have for a campaign in my life and I thank GOD that he’s blessed me that I am able. I believe whole heartedly in President Obama and the direction he wants to take this country. I will still makes calls, register people, and knock on doors it I have too.


  25. August 31, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Just got off a 14 hour shift. How did the day go? I may not make it u;p for the reply. So tired I can’t even typt

    • September 1, 2012 at 12:05 am

      Wow, you must be fried? If I may asked, what industry do you work in that it’s so busy? I’m happy you have a good job but I hope you can get some rest!

  26. 96 FoxfireTX
    September 1, 2012 at 12:06 am

    After the garbage dump of the RNC the week sure is ending on a great note. Only a few deaths in NOLA and MS despite a lot of flooding in areas where it wasn’t anticipated. Do we realize how much this president does that he never gets credit for? What a contrast to see the Coast Guard and reservists out there immediately rescuing these folks rather than celebrating a birthday on the tarmac that we witnessed with the previous president. I loved his speech at Fort Bliss today, had me in tears. He and Michelle never stop fighting for our troops while idiot Romney can’t be bothered to thank our troops in his 45 min speech last night, but he would be the first to send them into harm’s way. And how about his comment in LA today about where did the water come from? I shudder to think of this man on the world stage and the harm he would do to America’s image. As usual, PBO is out again tomorrow fighting for his reelection while the Robot heads home to rest up after his strenuous week. Can’t wait for the contrast with our convention next week. And finally, the lies of this last week are going to come home to roost for RR. Between the doc dump last week with Gawker and the new Rolling Stone piece, along with the workers from the Janesville plant, lots of info for the campaign to work with in the coming weeks. Forward!

    • 97 EDP4BHO
      September 1, 2012 at 12:12 am

      Was off to bed but your post says so much. Our eyes are open, and the fight will yield victory. Rethugs have pushed too hard this time, and things are about to explode in their faces. Karma is devine. Good night !!

    • 98 Dudette
      September 1, 2012 at 12:31 am

      Forefix… you encapuslated everything perfectly! The contrast next week will be stark, not only in terms of the men leading both parties and their respective visions for America, but the slices of America represented by their supporters. FORWARD!

  27. 99 Dudette
    September 1, 2012 at 12:13 am

    U.S Women’s Gymnastics Team on Dave Letterman now. Lovely young ladies!

  28. 101 susanne
    September 1, 2012 at 12:18 am

    now i do know it’s friday night, and it’s labor day weekend…but here’s an interesting read about myth’s tax plan:

    ‘ But there is one way that Romney’s plan works mathematically: Income inequality explodes. If enough growth goes to the top 5% of earners, they will get rich enough to fill the revenue hole. How much richer would they have to get? ‘

    ‘ The upshot is this: Romney’s tax plan does not work under remotely plausible growth projections. It either increases middle class taxes or increases the deficit. If Romney is serious about doing neither, then he has to be unserious about his growth projections. The rich have to get almost impossibly rich to make up for the lost revenue in Romney’s tax plan. Realistically, their incomes would need to be 7.7 to 11.3 percent higher than TPC predicts — that is, we should not ignore the corporate income tax cuts. To put that in perspective, that’s between $377 and $548 billion additional dollars flowing to the top 5 percent of households. ‘


  29. 102 dotster3
    September 1, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Tomorrow President Obama will be appearing at the Living History Farm in Urbandale, Ia., outside of Des Moines at 1:30 CT, the event called BaRockDSM, have a couple of fave musical groups opening. I know he will also be at Morningside College in Sioux City, Ia. at 6:30 CT. Not sure of any other stops.

    • September 1, 2012 at 12:46 am

      Here you go Dotster:

      11:00 am ET || Departs the White House
      12:35 pm CT || Arrives Des Moines, Iowa
      1:20 pm CT || Delivers remarks at a campaign event; Living History Farms, Urbandale, Iowa
      3:25 pm CT || Departs Des Moines
      4:10 pm CT || Arrives Sioux City, Iowa
      6:30 pm CT || Delivers remarks at a campaign event; Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa
      8:20 pm CT || Departs Sioux City
      8:40 pm MT || Arrives Denver

  30. 106 isonprize
    September 1, 2012 at 12:19 am

    For anyone who has ever sung the National Anthem solo, it really is NOT an easy song to sing. The vocal range and breath control needed to belt it out is really quite challenging. Marc Anthony did a classic, magnificent job. Whitney Houston’s version blew me away.

    • 107 Dudette
      September 1, 2012 at 12:42 am

      Girlfriend blew that sucka all the way to Mars!! Still gives me chills!

    • 108 4morefor44
      September 1, 2012 at 12:46 am

      i always put whitney’s right up there with Marvin Gaye’s rendition in 1983:

      i’ve listened to marvin’s version so many times (it’s on a greatest hits album of his) that it seems like the correct way to sing it to me, and everyone else is doing unusual versions!!! i was surprised tonight reading a little bit about whitney’s version, that some people involved say that whitney recorded that a few days earlier since the timing had to be so precise for the jets at the end. i keep watching it closely and it looks like it’s her actual singing that night, but either way, it’s her without studio tricks and she always performed at that caliber, so it’s not surprising she did it so well. that whole performance and staging that night was spectacular and so memorable!

      • September 1, 2012 at 2:18 pm

        Never heard this version of marvin Gaye before. I remember the one he did before a prize fight and was deeply criticized for it. To me it was heavenly. Love this version as well and Whitney will always be tops. Sometimes the songs are prerecorded because of the feedback which echos around the stadium. In any case it was her voice.

    • 110 EDP4BHO
      September 1, 2012 at 9:23 am

      This and Marvin’s are my 2 favorite. I also like, believe it or not, Kate Smith’s version. She was old school. Wow, you TOD folks sure stay up late.

  31. 112 amk for obama
    September 1, 2012 at 12:41 am

    • 113 anniebella
      September 1, 2012 at 2:41 am

      The one who call himself the real American never once in his speech ( 8-30-12 ) thank the troops for their services. Thank the ones fighting in harms way right now, and thanks to the families who lost their loved ones fighting for our country. But Mitt Romney did stand up their and lie his head off.

  32. 114 amk for obama
    September 1, 2012 at 12:41 am

  33. September 1, 2012 at 12:42 am

    I got my donation in before the deadline. I wish I could afford more. I am fired up and ready to go about the convention! I will be back at school and also do not have cable tv, so I hope there is a lot of it online!

  34. 116 susanne
    September 1, 2012 at 12:55 am

    so, as you might have guessed, lyin’ ryan doesn’t just make stuff up when he’s talking politics and economics. so….what did you say your marathon time was again?

    ‘ Last week, in an interview with Hugh Hewitt, Paul Ryan said that he had run a marathon in under three hours, or, more precisely, “I had a two hour and fifty-something.” That is quite speedy, and running fans in the forums of Letsrun.com treated the claim with great skepticism. ‘

    ‘ Slate and Runner’s World investigated. Questions were raised, given the criticism of Ryan’s honesty in his convention speech. This evening, the terrific running journalist Scott Douglas figured out that Ryan had actually run a 4:01 in the Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1990, when he was a college student. ‘

    so…is there anything at all you can tell us that is actually true, mr ryan, candidate for vice president of the united states of america?

    Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2012/08/paul-ryan-marathon.html#ixzz25Bsgz5OR

  35. 117 purpleshoesla
    September 1, 2012 at 12:56 am

    What Ho TOD Peeps! Now that I’ve seen the lineup (speakers and musical guests) for the DNC, we are going to ROCK. THE. HOUSE. next week y’all and thus reinforce that the RNC this week was nothing more than a F#@#$% Klown show plain and simple.

    Dudette, this one’s for you. So excited for you! U know we are gonna want to know every detail of your experience, you hear? EVERY DETAIL. 😆 CollegeKay congrats on your OFA Fall Fellow gig! BobFr, oh twitter warrior, happy belated birthday again. Final collective tally of OFA Tip jars in my circle of peeps and their circle of peeps as of Aug 31: $1,923.03 (yes some smart ass somewhere threw 3 pennies into a tip jar) on its way to OFA. Hoping September will be even better for #DollarADayToOFA. Some folks I spoke to while I was out and about today were PISSED and OFFENDED by “Dotty Harry”‘s empty chair performance art last night and realize that Obama/Biden is the ONLY choice. So thanks Clint so soo much. 😆

    • 118 theo67
      September 1, 2012 at 1:10 am

      Excellent (and entertaining) post – thanks!

    • September 1, 2012 at 1:44 am

      Oh, purpleshoes, you definitely made my day with …

      “Final collective tally of OFA Tip jars in my circle of peeps and their circle of peeps as of Aug 31: $1,923.03 (yes some smart ass somewhere threw 3 pennies into a tip jar) on its way to OFA.”

      I’m LOL’ing over the 3 pennies and could not be more delighted how you have taken your idea and implemented it so productively!!!

      Thank you and thank you for the kind greetings, as well.


  36. 120 Jeff
    September 1, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Was reading that a homeless woman who lost her home due to flooding told Romney this and he told to go and call 211… Just read it on hp and not sure if it’s true but that has to be one of the dumbest things he’s said recently! I mean how insensitive can you be?!

  37. 125 Tally
    September 1, 2012 at 1:03 am

  38. 126 purpleshoesla
    September 1, 2012 at 1:17 am

  39. 127 sabreen60
    September 1, 2012 at 1:39 am

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  41. September 1, 2012 at 2:05 am

  42. September 1, 2012 at 2:24 am

    We need #BirtherMitts Tax AND Medical records ….

    • 134 HZ
      September 1, 2012 at 4:07 am

      Great day Chips and TOD Family. This beautiful haven, Chips has some terrific, loving, and very generous heart. Thanks for all of the wonderful donations to my FR page.

      You all took some painful moments away from my physical body. When I would wake up from a nursing quiet time trying to sustain myself throughout the pain, there was another, and another notice of a beautiful heart pushing me FORWARD. Thanks to everyone. I am so elated because I keep moving the needle because you all have encouraged this little senior to keeping moving with our beautiful president.

      (((((((((((( The Bus Will Carry Us To Our Destination, 4 more years in the White House.)))))))))))))HZ

      No Turning Back….. FORWARD FORWARD FORWARD FORWARD with #44POTUS!!! HZ

      Love you, Chips and good night everyone.

  43. 135 Rita
    September 1, 2012 at 3:26 am

    Hey everyone… found this here: http://www.thepragmaticpundit.com/

    World War II Veteran Ralph Maxwell says 4 More Years!

    by Ralph Maxwell

    O, Romney-O, Romney-O,
    Wherefore art thou, Mitt Romney?
    You flip-flop here, you flip-flop there,
    You flip-flop almost ev’rywhere.

    You ballyhoo what you’re gonna do
    And then you pull a switcheroo;
    You now malign what you once found fine;
    Seems like you’ve got a jellyfish spine.

    Obamacare, by you begun,
    Now you’d trash it on day one.
    Gun control you did extol,
    But now you’re preaching decontrol.

    O, Romney-O, Romney-O,
    Wherefore art thou, Mitt Romney?
    We’ve got no clue what you will do
    Or what new view you’ll pander to.

    There are several more verses, so take a look. And watch the video as well. Love, love, love it. 94 years old… My respects, Mr. Maxwell!!

    Chips, dear, do you think this deserves front page status?

  44. 136 Mae who love our CIC
    September 1, 2012 at 4:49 am

    Thanks to Chips for posting our fundraising pages and I want to thank each of you for your sacrificial giving to this great work that must be completed by our President and his team.

    I am always delighted to come to this place where we can verbalize our thoughts, sing, dance, and especially laugh about the success of this important fight.

    I never laugh so hard about a subject (eastwooding) in quite some time. You all are best. When I don’t want to be bother with nonsense; my new saying will be “talk to the chair.”

    The best and the brightest are we people who are able to recognize and support the greatest President in our life times.

    Thank you TODers. FORWARD!

    • 137 Renegade522/AuntSis
      September 1, 2012 at 9:44 am

      GM Mae, I love it. Instead of ‘talk to the hand’, I will start saying ‘talk to the chair’. Love you guys. 🙂

  45. September 1, 2012 at 5:14 am

    #Eastwooding still garnering new tweets. Love this one – hope image embeds

  46. September 1, 2012 at 8:08 am

    LOL! Politico headlines this morning- obamas big problem, Disappointment.
    This is Beltway/RNC nonsense.
    Yet, a whole article dedicated to this nonsense.
    The same such crap, you know, I voted for The President but this time I am disappointed, blah blah blah.
    Gee, I didn’t know the President had 50% Republican support in 08??? LOL!

  47. September 1, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Team Obama promises it will fill every one of the seats in Charlotte’s mammoth football stadium Thursday night when President Obama closes the Democratic National Convention with a speech accepting his party’s nomination.

    For weeks, Democrats have been concerned about filling Bank of America Stadium, home to the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. They feared a devastating image of an enthusiasm gap if Obama spoke to empty upper decks at the venue.


    Those Seats have been sold out. More Beltway/RNC gossip.

  48. 147 dotster3
    September 1, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I see the La. Excorcist Gov. Jindal has known for days of PBO’s plans to be there on Mon. So he scrambled with the Romney campaign to get Willard there before Mon. —–for a nice photo-op— and so Willard could ask “Where did all this water come from?”, or whatever similar dumb thing he asked.

  49. 151 desertflower
    September 1, 2012 at 8:36 am


    behind Ryan’s puppy-like face is the determination of a crusader. His soft words during the convention speech revealed a hard line.

    Unlike Palin, who became candidate without much preparation, Ryan has been preparing for his appearance on the grand political stage ever since he entered Congress 14 years ago. Romney’s running mate has a battle plan ready that will have a bigger impact on America’s democracy than all of Palin’s rhetorical attacks put together. It is nothing less than a declaration of war on social solidarity in America.

    Ryan’s political philosophy draws on the writings of the Austrian economist Friedrich Hayek, who condemned the modern welfare state as a “road to serfdom.” As a young man, the Republican politician devoured Ayn Rand’s capitalist Bible “Atlas Shrugged,” which glorifies selfishness as a noble virtue. Rand depicted the world as a kind of jungle, where the strong are always right and the weak have only themselves to blame for their own weakness.

    Slash-and-Burn Approach

    Ryan’s own philosophy calls for making cuts that will affect the weak. Ryan would like to see the introduction of a voucher system to replace Medicare and supports the repeal of President Barack Obama’s healthcare plan, which would affect the 30 million Americans who would receive health insurance under his reform. But cuts would also reach further, to government protection against epidemics, for example, or even to fire fighters. In Ryan’s stripped-down state, there would be little money available for such luxuries.

    But wouldn’t such a slash-and-burn approach actually reduce America’s massive debt? Many experts believe it is very unlikely. After all, Ryan also wants to give more to the rich. He would reduce their taxes, so that Mitt Romney, say, who has an estimated personal fortune of around $250 million, would only face a tax rate of 0.82 percent.

    The people this would benefit most are billionaire Republican donors. But Ryan still sees himself as a man of the people. He loves to quote Ronald Reagan’s assertion that, when the rich have more, their wealth will “trickle down” to all citizens. He seems to forget that the results of that experiment are well known. In 1982, Reagan had to massively increase taxes because the US budget deficit had grown so huge.

    But that doesn’t shake Ryan’s convictions. In terms of hypocrisy, he is a worthy heir to those Republicans who condemn the state but are happy to use it when they want to ban something that does not fit into their worldview. Ryan, who is supposedly so skeptical about government, has supported more abortion restrictions than his party colleague Todd Akin, who recently caused a scandal with his remarks about “legitimate rape.”

    Cold Comfort

    In terms of foreign policy, too, Ryan supports a strong state of the hawkish variety touted by American neocons. Even the right-wing Weekly Standard, the same conservative publication that drove George W. Bush to invade Iraq and who “discovered” Palin four years ago, recommended Ryan as candidate.

    There’s more scary stuff…..

  50. September 1, 2012 at 8:37 am

    And Just to Reinforce the Bektway madness, Bob Herbert is in MSNBainC, he said that their is a great deal of disappointment, even on the Left.
    I rewind it, did not jump the Gun this Time, that is what he said.
    He is full of it, the enthusiasm gap is a myth…

  51. 159 desertflower
    September 1, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Some GOOD news out of the RNC hatefest!


    Doctors, Patients Rally In Support Of Obamacare In Tampa On The Last Day Of The RNC

  52. 160 amk for obama
    September 1, 2012 at 8:52 am

    colbert and stewart killed it y’day with the stupid, stupid #eastwooding, empty chair and pathetic mittbot and rethugs.

  53. 161 desertflower
    September 1, 2012 at 9:06 am


    As the exiting crowds are corralled by fleets of bike cops, the television news personalities stand around looking bored in the kleig lights, waiting to say their 30-second piece before throwing it back to the anchors. None of them look pleased. The convention simply wasn’t as exciting as many in the media had hoped. Republicans didn’t go full-on teabagger at the convention (even if they did in private, and in events around the convention), instead couching their language in disappointment for the president. They didn’t mention social issues much at all, because they know that voters side with liberals (and social libertarians) on issues like abortion, gay marriage, and easy access to birth control. Instead, they talk about small business and hope that nobody notices that when they talk about deregulation, they’re really talking about deregulation for multinational corporations, and they talk about fixing Medicare while hoping that nobody notices they’re really talking about undoing one of the most popular government programs in the nation. Altogether, it’s a finely edited document that falls apart on close examination, but Republicans are hoping that their message won’t be examined.

    So the messaging sounded inoffensive, but when you really think about what is being said at this convention, you realize that all the red, white, and blue bunting and clothing and video imagery is a put-on. All the talk about patriotism, about supporting the troops, is just lip service. This is the most unpatriotic crowd I have ever been a part of. What they are against is community. Every sentence is devoid of empathy. Every finger-wag is aimed directly at an American who can’t afford health insurance, who hasn’t had a raise on their minimum-wage job in four years. Even as they rail against a statement that the president never really made, they are talking about tearing America down and leaving something meaner and greedier in its place. They’re radicals—radicals who’ve gone over the edge and are trying to make their radicalism mainstream.


    It always comes back to fear. Fear is the single greatest enemy of survival. When you’re afraid, you can’t think ahead, you can’t plan. You try to get out of immediate danger. You climb a tree when a bear is chasing you. You dive to the ground when a snow-blind 18-wheeler is skidding right at you. You open your mouth and scream when your foot gets caught under a rock at the bottom of a river. You get mauled and eaten. You get crushed into toothpaste. You drown, and they never find your body. There is nothing left of you that resembles you anymore, and it’s all because of fear. And fear is understandable. Fear happens to all of us, there’s no shame in succumbing to a momentary burst of fear.

    But when you choose to live your life in fear, you lose that most essential thing that makes you human. When you support George W. Bush’s Patriot Act, as the woman to my left with the cowboy hat full of Bush/Cheney buttons probably did, you’re supporting fear. When you try to take food away from starving people, or deny good students access to higher education, or steal choices away from the next generation of women, you may not be a monster, but you are making monstrous choices.

    EXCELLENT< EXCELLENT PIECE! MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!! Rather pathetic way to live…..

  54. 166 dotster3
    September 1, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Willard was So Helpful and So Ready with hot tips for La. flood victims

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